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Brooklyn Waterfront Greenway Development Continues

The Brooklyhn Waterfront Greenway, a 14-mile landscaped route that is physically separated from traffic and with separate paths for pedestrians and cyclists, recently got additional planning help when the team leading the project hired professional services firm Dewberry, based in Fairfax, Va., for resilience services.

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Local Government Officials Laud Benefits of Parks and Recreation

A recent study conducted by the NRPA in partnership with researchers from Penn State finds that local government elected and appointed officials agree that parks and recreation benefits their communities and is a solution to many of their regions' greatest challenges.

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Pool Safely: 163 Children Fatally Drowned in Pools, Spas This Summer

From Memorial Day through Labor Day 2017, at least 163 children younger than 15 fatally drowned in swimming pools or spas, according to media reports compiled by the USA Swimming Foundation, a Pool Safely campaign partner.

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Research Shows Contracting Fiscal Growth in U.S. Cities

New National League of Cities research indicates a potential slowdown in the municipal finance sector as city fiscal growth contracts for the second consecutive year.

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NRPA, Bemis Partner to Expand Local 'Commit to Health' Program

Thanks to a newly formed partnership between the National Recreation and Park Association and the Bemis Company, the city of Pauls Valley, Okla., is launching its first-ever after-school program.

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Riding a Slide on Parent's Lap Increases Risk of Injury

Going down a slide on a parent's lap can lead to a broken leg for small children. An estimated 352.698 children less than 6 years of age were injured on slides in the United States from 2002 to 2015, and many of those injuries were leg fractures.

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Trails & Waterfronts

Trails & Waterfronts

Nearly half (49.1 percent) of respondents to our Industry Report survey said they currently include walking and hiking trails in their facilities. Another 29.7 percent said they include bike trails. Some 20.8 percent have fitness trails or outdoor fitness equipment, and 20.8 percent currently include waterfronts and marinas.

Looking forward, fitness trails and outdoor fitness equipment are among the most common additions planned by those who said they will be adding features at their facilities over the next three years. Some 18.5 percent of those with such plans will be adding fitness trails and outdoor fitness equipment. Another 14 percent plan to add walking and hiking trails. Some 9.8 percent will be adding bike trails, and 1.9 percent plan to add waterfronts and marinas.

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Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Parks: Planning, Programming & Staffing to Better Serve All Residents

Social equity has long been a goal for parks and recreation professionals. Here, we talk to some experts to learn some best practices for ensuring everyone has a voice and can participate.

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Taking It OUTSIDE! Outdoor Fitness Areas to Get Everyone Moving

In the war against the chronic illness and other problems caused by Americans' expanding waistlines, outdoor fitness areas are one particularly effective weapon.

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Rolling Right Along: Expand Biking Options in Your Community

Cycling is popular with people of all ages, whether it's a simple and slow ride through the park or a thrill-inducing jaunt along a mountain bike trail.

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Celebrating History: Clear Creek Valley Park in Arvada, Colo.

Many years of planning were necessary before this new park saw its grand opening. Incorporating a bit of local history, Clear Creek Valley Park now offers a wide array of amenities.

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Fun for All: The Latest in Park Planning and Design

Parks are an essential part of a well-planned neighborhood, and as such, they require careful attention to planning and design. Collaborating with residents and other stakeholders and accommodating the interests of multiple generations are two keys to success.

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Don't Miss These Upcoming Events!

Club Industry Show, October 4-6 in Chicago. (
37th WWA Annual Symposium & Trade Show, October 16-19, 2017, in West Palm Beach, Fla. (
14th Annual World Aquatic Health Conference, October 18-20 in Denver. Presented by the National Swimming Pool Foundation. (
FSB 2017 Trade Fair, Nov. 7-10 in Cologne, Germany. (

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